Since I read Microformats Made Simple I keep toying with this question: when should we teach microformats?
My only excuse is that I was concerned with learning to use microformats myself for a period, but by the time I read Microformats Made Simple I was ready to think about sharing the information.
Here’s what I’m wondering. Do microformats have a place in a standards-based curriculum like the InterAct Curriculum? When done right, microformats use both valid and semantic HTML. Should they be introduced as a best practice when working the way through a web design 101 or web development 101 or basic HTML class?
For example, when a student learns to create a hyperlink, should the
rel attribute be included with that instruction as a standard practice?
If I taught a student how to make a link to their home page, should I teach them to do this:
<a href="http://www.webteacher.ws/" rel="me">Web Teacher</a>
<a href="http://www.webteacher.ws/">Web Teacher</a>
Or perhaps the web design 101 courses need a module or a couple of lectures or a single lecture/lab on microformats in one concentrated dose? When should a student learn to make an hCard? Or to use any other microformat?
What do you think?